Archinect - News 2015-11-29T16:22:07-05:00 Photographer captures the beauty of Beirut's architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-11-25T15:36:00-05:00 >2015-11-28T21:42:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many in the west too often think of Beirut as a city scarred by war and terror. But the capital of Lebanon is a beautiful, modern city, one utterly remade after the country&rsquo;s civil war ended in 1990. Gleaming skyscrapers tower over historic and pre-war modernist architecture, drenched in color and bathed in sunlight. It provides no end of inspiration for Serge Najjar, whose gorgeous photos of the city fill his Instagram.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> "A lean and sneakily ambitious show," Christopher Hawthorne reviews Wayne Thom's retrospective at WUHO Gallery Nicholas Korody 2015-11-17T13:59:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You're familiar with pretty much every phase of Julius Shulman's long career as an architectural photographer. You started following the globe-trotting Iwan Baan on Instagram way before he became a design-world celebrity. You can't recommend Ezra Stoller's black-and-white pictures of midcentury Manhattan highly enough. But Wayne Thom? The name may draw a blank.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> The new Monument Men: with 3D cameras and GPS data against cultural annihilation in Syria and beyond Alexander Walter 2015-11-12T19:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:40:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s why a team from the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) is turning to the next best option&mdash;using technology to protect cultural heritage. Founded in 2012 by Roger Michel, IDA is a joint effort between Harvard University and Oxford University to create an open-source database of high-resolution images and three-dimensional graphics of things like paper and papyrus documents, epigraphs and small artifacts. Work on what IDA has named the Million Image Database began in early 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The photo shows the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baal Shamin temple</a> prior to its destruction. Volunteers of the&nbsp;Institute for Digital Archaeology were able to digitally archive the 2,000-year-old&nbsp;structure for the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Million Image Database</a> project just in time before <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS fighters seized control</a> of Palmyra's historic site.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants have reportedly blown up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS' premiere of "Time Scanners" brings 3D digital preservation technology to a wider audience</a></li></ul> Beacons in the sky: photographer Carolyn Russo celebrates the architecture of airport towers Alexander Walter 2015-11-11T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:11:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo first found herself drawn to air traffic control towers in 2006 on a flight into LaGuardia when she first studied the architectural details and circular windows of that now inactive structure [...] I viewed each tower as both an essential aviation artifact and a vessel with a powerful presence&mdash;watching over the vastness of the airport and sky; a non-judgmental cultural greeter [...] In the presence of the tower, I sensed the complex orchestration of humans</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Airport Tower at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Airport Tower at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport, Sweden.</p><p>See more photos from Carolyn Russo's new book&nbsp;<em>The Art of the Airport Tower</em> (Smithsonian Books, 2015) and read an interview with her over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eero Saarinen's dormant JFK terminal to become Jet Blue hotel</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fancy $48M animal terminal to open in JFK Airport next year</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li></ul> Gorgeous long-exposure shots of the Montreal Metro Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-03T13:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T18:21:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is the work of Canadian architectural photographer Chris Forsyth who has been sharing his pictures on Instagram, looking to show how beautiful design is all around us. [...] "What draws me to the architecture in the metro system is its variety from station to station. I love the colours, the architectural styles and influences, and above all its very bold graphic appearance." [...] Forsyth uses long exposures to blur the motion and to remove traces of people passing through the shot.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more work by the architectural photographer, you can follow Chris Forsyth on Instagram&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@chrismforsyth</a>, with more shots of the Montreal Metro through #mtlmetroproject. View a selection of photos below:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Photographing 5,000+ pubs in London Julia Ingalls 2015-09-25T05:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:13:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the past seven years, Ewan has been painstakingly researching London's pubs, both past and present, cataloguing them and taking photos before uploading details to his online database Pubology...his mission is to photograph every pub in London &ndash; although, as he tells me, it's difficult to know just how close he is to that goal.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Estimating the total number of pubs in London at somewhere around 5,000, photographer Ewan Munro has tried to draw some distinctions to limit the scope of his massive project. For example, how does one define <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>, and how does one define a pub versus a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bar</a>?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>From historic, centuries-old establishments to modern shipping container drinkeries, Munro has managed to assemble an impressive architectural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">archive</a> of pub photos: cheers to that.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Pedro E. Guerrero spotlighted in latest episode of PBS' "American Masters", premiering Sept. 18 Justine Testado 2015-09-18T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:39:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Photographers who shoot the work of famous artists are rarely celebrated in their own right...'Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer&rsquo;s Journey'...tracks the career of Pedro E. Guerrero (1917-2012), a Mexican American photographer from Mesa, Arizona, who, at age 22, got his first job taking photos for Wright during the construction of his Taliesin West complex...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out a preview of the documentary below.</p><p>More about architectural photography on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Pedro Guerrero, FLW's photographer, Dies at 95" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pedro Guerrero, FLW's photographer, Dies at 95</a></p><p><a title="Pedro E. Guerrero: Frank Lloyd Wright's photographer" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pedro E. Guerrero: Frank Lloyd Wright's photographer</a></p><p><a title="H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award</a></p><p><a title="Uncle Wolfgang" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uncle Wolfgang</a></p><p><a title='"Building Images" exhibition revives the power of imagery in architecture ' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Building Images" exhibition revives the power of imagery in architecture</a></p><p><a title="How Iwan Baan Became the Most Wanted Photographer in Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Iwan Baan Became the Most Wanted Photographer in Architecture</a></p> New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops Alexander Walter 2015-09-04T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T15:34:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In western Europe, the bus stop is the most humble of building types, a meanly utilitarian structure that adds little or nothing to the roadside. But in the old Soviet empire, from the shores of the Black Sea to the Kazakh steppe, the norm is &ldquo;wild going on savage&rdquo;, as Jonathan Meades writes in a beautiful new photobook featuring 159 bus stops, each illuminating &ldquo;the Soviet empire&rsquo;s taste for the utterly fantastical&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more of these beauties photographed by Christopher Herwig for the new book <em>Soviet Bus Stops</em>&nbsp;over at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>.</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Class Architects Design Bus Stops in Austria</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Tech Bus Stop in Paris by Patrick Jouin</a></li></ul> Chinese Fun: Photographer Stefano Cerio captures the eerie side of empty amusement parks Alexander Walter 2015-08-25T18:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:34:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Stefano Cerio's series &ldquo;Chinese Fun,&rdquo; he explores the facades of amusement without an audience&rsquo;s reaction. The photographer enters areas built for fun and leisure in the off months or closing hours, exploring the absurdity that creeps into the architecture of entertainment when there is no one to enjoy it but a single camera.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Shijingshang Park-Beijing</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Shanghai Happy Valley-Shanghai</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Water Cube-Beijing. Photo by by Stefano Cerio.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Cover of Stefano Cerio's recently released book, <em>Chinese Fun</em>. Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to see more of the series.</p><p><em>All photos by Stefano Cerio.</em></p><p>In other recent amusement/bemusement-park news:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Banksy about to open "Dismaland" pop-up exhibition in British seaside resort</a></p> Dense, Denser, Hong Kong: Alex Nimmo captures the patterns of a crowded metropolis Alexander Walter 2015-08-13T13:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:48:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on the planet. To accommodate a rapidly growing number of inhabitants in a limited area of land, the emphasis is on space efficiency &ndash; which often translates into extremes of verticality and compact living. Alex Nimmo grew up in the English countryside but moved to Hong Kong three years ago. The contrast, as you might imagine, was sharp.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Bel Air</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Sheung Wan</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr;&nbsp;Quarry Bay</p><p><em>All images by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@alexnimmo</a> on Instagram.</em></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hong Kong tops Bloomberg's list of "Most Crowded Cities" by 2025</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Asia&rsquo;s richest man is building Hong Kong apartments barely bigger than a prison cell</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vertical Horizon 2nd Edition: Romain Jacquet-Lagreze's cityscapes of Hong Kong</a></li></ul> Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database Justine Testado 2015-08-11T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:42:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Jon] Sojkowski worries that these building types, made with materials that are abundant in Africa and sustainable, will soon be lost to history because of a misconception that they are inefficient, outdated and only used by the poor. At one point during his research, he met a man who told him he wanted a Western-style metal roof. 'I asked him why, and he said, &lsquo;Because then I would be somebody,' Sojkowski recalls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since architect Jon Sojkowski launched his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African vernacular architecture database</a> last year, he has amassed a broad range of photos showcasing the traditional building techniques and materials from 48 countries. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo submissions</a> are also welcome.</p><p>You can also check out video clips from Sojkowski's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></p><p><a title="Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal</a></p><p><a title='Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start</a></p><p><a title="Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?</a></p><p><a title="Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum </a></p> Left to rot: abandoned Swedish mid-century modern homes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-20T13:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:35:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Swedish furniture designer and architect, Bruno Mathsson, built two summer houses between 1960 and 1965, that have slowly decayed into disrepair. Mikael Olsson has photographed both houses over the past decade [for his] book, Sodrakull Frosakull.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bruno Mathsson's furniture designs are perhaps most recognizable by their mixture of curved wood and woven textile, and his architecture led Sweden's modernism movement. Two of his major works are his own homes, Fr&ouml;sakull and S&ouml;drakull, for which Olsson's book is named.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Take a peek inside the abandoned homes by perusing a selection of&nbsp;photos from <em>Sodrakul Frosakull:</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Two of a kind: photographer Robin Hill contemplates the Farnsworth House and Glass House simultaneously Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-15T17:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T15:48:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Naturally paired, but too quickly equated. Photographer Robin Hill takes on the iconic and somewhat contending Farnsworth House and Glass House in his photo series, "<a href="!/portfolio/G0000ao4ebepAYSY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Side by Side: The Glass Houses of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson</a>". With eighteen magazine-ready spreads, Hill matches shots of each house as a &ldquo;dyptych&rdquo;, often aligned to show how one house&rsquo;s element can be extended into the other, but with clear atmospheric differences. Other shots are paired by their similar perspectives, or proportional beauty &ndash; the hinge of the dyptychs serving as the axis of symmetry between the two houses.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The gaze in these photos isn&rsquo;t critical &ndash; the goal doesn&rsquo;t seem to be to declare a winner in the Glass House battle. Instead the pairings have a composed distance that seems genuinely concerned with illustrating the buildings&rsquo; co-evolutionary existence. The series takes a fresh look at these iconic, historical buildings to consider why they appear so similar in the first place, and then bri...</p> Photographing public art and architecture in the EU may soon cost you Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-22T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T07:18:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A report proposing major changes to copyright laws in the EU has been adopted by the European Parliament's Legal Affairs committee (JURI) [...] [An] amendment was adopted that stated "commercial use of recordings of works in public spaces should require express permission from the rightsholders." [German Pirate Party rapporteur Julia] Reda said this "could threaten the work of documentary filmmakers and the legality of commercial photo-sharing platforms."</p></em><br /><br /><p>The EU may soon require stricter permissions be met for any visual representation of public art and architecture. So-called&nbsp;"Freedom of Panorama" refers to a set of provisions in copyright law, that allows someone to create and publish images of a piece of art or architecture that's permanently located in the public space, regardless of its existing copyright provisions. The provisions are adopted to varying degrees in different countries &ndash; in the US, only buildings are protected under FOP, and in the EU, FOP provisions depend on whether the image is for commercial use or not, as well as the kind of object being photographed.</p><p>But soon, the EU may decide to effectively abolish FOP. On July 9, European Parliament will vote on an amended version of its copyright provisions, that states any/all copyright permissions for a piece of public art or architecture <em>must</em>&nbsp;be met when someone publishes an image of it with any potential commercial use. Learn more about the basis and future of FOP pr...</p> Photographer captures the landscapes of the Middle East's 'brutal building sites' Nicholas Korody 2015-06-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:21:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When most people think of the Arabian peninsula, they think of the opulent man-made islands of Dubai and that city&rsquo;s sparking, futuristic towers... But with his series Crossings, Arko Datto&nbsp;shifts the attention to the millions of migrant workers from throughout Asia who are building these structures. Datto used Google Maps and Google Earth to capture the vast highways, sprawling&nbsp;landscapes, and grand projects that laborers have built under conditions that border on slavery.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;The work deals with the issue in a fairly abstract/tangential way,&rdquo; Datto told Wired Magazine. &ldquo;The total lack of human presence in the images is symbolic of the anonymity, facelessness, and lack of representation that the migrant workers suffer.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Photographer Roland Fischer captures the patterns of globalization Alexander Walter 2015-06-11T20:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:52:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="740" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You might be unsure of exactly what you&rsquo;re looking at when you first see the images in Roland Fischer&rsquo;s series &ldquo;Facades.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;I noticed all these new buildings mushrooming everywhere, giving the impression that they could as well be from any other major town in the world,&rdquo; Fischer wrote via email. &ldquo;I thought that this was a new urban visual experience, a consequence naturally of the then still new process of globalization.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Cicil Street, Singapore, 2002, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Highschool, Utrecht, 2013, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Suntory Tokyo, 2014, 180 x 125cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Bank of America, Atlanta, 2005, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>WTC, NY, 1999, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Birmingham (day), 2007, 180 x 125 cm (71 x 49 1/4 inches)</em></p><p>To learn more about Roland Fischer's <em>Facades </em>series, click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> How the Bronx breaks New York's grid Alexander Walter 2015-06-04T14:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T00:04:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Walking in New York can at times feel a little too&nbsp;smooth: the rationality of the grid and subtle grade changes conspire to hide the natural terrain beneath all that asphalt and concrete. That&rsquo;s not the case in the Bronx, the city&rsquo;s mainland toehold, where topography is at play like nowhere else in this archipelago metropolis. [...] It was with this conspicuous role of the Bronx&rsquo;s topography in mind that we approached Kris Graves, a New York-based photographer [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New photos of E. Fay Jones' Thorncrown Chapel unveiled to mark 35th anniversary Justine Testado 2015-05-19T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-06-08T13:20:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="788" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Concealed within the forest landscape of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, the acclaimed Thorncrown Chapel will celebrate its 35th anniversary this summer. Designed by E. Fay Jones, who was commissioned by retired schoolteacher Jim Reed, the 48 ft. tall chapel boasts 425 windows and over 6,000 sq. ft of glass, and it became widely recognized for its organic "Ozark Gothic" style when it first opened on July 10, 1980.</p><p>To mark the Thorncrown Chapel's anniversary, architect-turned-photographer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Randall Connaughton</a> from Atlanta began an ongoing photography series of the wood-and-glass structure last year in what he described is "an effort to add new depth to the visual record of Thorncrown Chapel and bring its transcendent experience to a wide audience."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Thorncrown is the backdrop to countless wedding photos, but according to the Chapel organization, Connaughton's snapshots are the "first professionally produced photos of their kind" since 1980 -- when those photos that first contributed to ...</p> The evolution of street photography in the Instagram age Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:05:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instagram may very well have enabled a whole generation of false artisans&mdash;and even encouraged clich&eacute; street imagery by promoting hashtags like #middleoftheroad and #strideby through its Weekend Hashtag Project&mdash;but the effect may not be so terrible. Quoted in The Telegraph in 2011, Teru Kuwayama, a photojournalist who is now photo community manager at Facebook, compared the rise of Instagram to the advent of electronic music, both of which stimulated &ldquo;amateur expression.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Photographer Serge Najjar captures the "duel" between Man and Architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-24T12:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T22:12:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The work of Lebanese photographer Serge Najjar shows a striking mix of vibrant colors and stark architectural geometry. His pictures generally feature a small, lone figure in the midst of an overpowering backdrop, giving an impression of man&rsquo;s smallness as he moves through the world he&rsquo;s created &mdash; an inverted power relationship in which the man-made dominates the maker.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Jing Jin City, China's luxury ghost town Alexander Walter 2015-03-27T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T09:10:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist/photographer&nbsp;Andi Schmied&nbsp;chose one of these Chinese new towns as the subject for a project that goes beyond merely capturing a desolate townscape. Jing Jin City, 100 miles from Beijing, is a luxury resort town consisting of some 4000 villas, a Hyatt Regency resort spa and amenities such as a golf course and a horse racing track. It is not really a ghost town, however, since it is partially populated, but many of the villas remain in various states of completion.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Snapshots of Cristián Undurraga's Alberto Hurtado memorial museum Justine Testado 2015-03-24T15:18:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2010, a sanctuary in Santiago was completed in [Hurtado's] honor &mdash; at the very site where he founded the Hogar de Cristo back in the 1940s. The building was designed by Chilean architect Cristi&aacute;n Undurraga, of Undurraga Dev&eacute;s Arquitectos, and it is elegant and serene &mdash; a true space of contemplation. It also makes the most of simple materials: rough B&eacute;ton brut concrete, glass blocks and blond wood ceilings that don't overwhelm the artifacts on display...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Calming photos of the Santiago-based memorial museum, which Chilean architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cristi&aacute;n Undurraga</a> designed in honor of Jesuit priest Father Alberto Hurtado and his humanitarian work.</p> The strange and beautiful architecture of Matthias Jung Alexander Walter 2015-03-18T13:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:22:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>German-based graphic designer Matthias Jung creates imaginative houses, that we'd like to encounter in real life. He calls his creations 'architectural short poems', that aim to visualize another perspective on how we could see the world and live in it. The homes are put together from photo material that he collects and re-arranges in unexpected ways.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hélène Binet celebrates first U.S. exhibit at WUHO with the 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award Justine Testado 2015-03-03T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:00:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The WUHO Gallery in Hollywood was abuzz on the opening night of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet: Fragments of Light&rdquo;</a> this past Saturday, in celebration of Binet as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 recipient</a> of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award. Co-curated by JSI Managing Director Emily Bills and Binet, &ldquo;Fragments of Light&rdquo; is the photographer&rsquo;s first U.S. exhibition featuring around 20 photos out of her vast body of work from 25 years of working in the field.</p><p>Treating light as if it were a building material, Binet&rsquo;s signature style renders the buildings of architects like Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, and Le Corbusier into black and white atmospheric compositions of light, shadow, and sharp details that Binet masterfully captures all through a film camera.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The crowd slowly trickled into the narrow but long gallery space, which was soon full of friends, associates, Woodbury architecture students and alumni, and photography and arts enthusiasts chattering away over light refreshments.</p><p>Notable attendees in...</p> Haunting beauty: Alexander Gronsky photographs Russia's polluted North Alexander Walter 2015-02-10T20:12:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:47:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Russia&rsquo;s northern cities are a triumph of will; grand settlements in the middle of snow and darkness where people are dwarfed by the outsized factories they&rsquo;ve built and helpless next to the industrial waste those factories create.&nbsp;Photographer Alexander Gronsky&rsquo;s images of Norilsk seem both close to reality and something out of a dream. [...] But at the same time it is a place of heart-wrenching almost Arcadian beauty. A place of pale skies and metallic rivers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Make sure to also check out the other tales in <em>Calvert Journal</em>'s excellent mini-series, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Six stories&nbsp;from the Russian North</a>."&nbsp;</p> Design archives of Jackie Kennedy's Wexford House to be auctioned Justine Testado 2015-02-06T20:48:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:13:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over 400 pieces that archive the construction and design of the presidential Kennedy family's Wexford House will soon be up for sale at a live auction on February 19 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts that will be hosted by Boston-based auction company RR Auction. Bidding begins February 12-18.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The vast collection consists of three large binders and two large folders that contain oversized building plans, paperwork, photographs, magazine tearouts with Jackie's written design notes, and handwritten correspondence that covers almost all the construction and design aspects of the Wexford House -- including 10 letters that Jackie penned herself. The collection spans from 1961-64 with emphasis on 1963, the main year of construction.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The story behind the Wexford House reads like a saccharine yet bittersweet tale of the elusive American Dream. Named by Jackie as a nod to JFK's Irish roots, the Wexford House was constructed from late 1962 and completed in the summer of 196...</p> Between Two and Three Dimensions: Panelists Discuss the Relationship Between Architecture and Photographic Representation at the LA Photo Fair 2014 Nicholas Korody 2015-01-26T15:20:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:58:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s very little real architectural information that we get from a photograph,&rdquo; the photographer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grant Mudford</a> claimed during a panel last Friday hosted by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo LA</a>, an annual photographic exposition. In its 24th year at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the REEF</a> in the historic LA Mart building, Photo LA provides a space for both international and local galleries to showcase both contemporary and historic photography. The panel focused on the changing &ldquo;human experience of space&rdquo; of its host city, bringing together a variety of photographers, curators, and writers to consider the dynamic relationship between photography and architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Mudford&rsquo;s co-panelists seemed to largely agree with his assertion; they spent the hour primarily discussing the various difficulties lurking behind architectural photography. At the forefront of the conversation was the expression itself, as well as its sibling the &ldquo;architectural photographer.&rdquo; Without any hyphen to serve as tether, the two words in juxtaposition seem locked in ...</p> Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T19:59:00-05:00 >2015-07-09T20:58:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Egypt is in the throes of a severe housing shortage [...]. But one thing the country has an abundance of is lonesome desert, and developers are turning there to construct immense projects that stick out in the emptiness like skyscrapers on Mars. London-based photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro has a yen for the monumental [...] naturally he was interested in the colossal structures rising on the outskirts of Egyptian cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The 2015 Julius Shulman Institute Photography Award goes to Hélène Binet Justine Testado 2015-01-22T18:25:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T20:18:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="655" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Structures designed by the likes of Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid, and Le Corbusier are rendered into atmospheric, sharply detailed black and white compositions through the camera lens of Swiss-French analogue photographer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet</a>, who was recently selected as the 2015 recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award.</p><p>The Institute bestows the annual award to an early photographer whose work embodies the legacy of architectural photographer Julius Shulman and continues to influence the artistic medium of architectural photography. Previous recipients include <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iwan Baan (2010)</a>, Richard Barnes (2011), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pedro E. Guerrero (2012)</a>, Catherine Opie (2013), and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grant Mudford (2014)</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&uarr; <em>Kapelle fur den heiligen Bruder Klaus 03, architecture by Peter Zumthor, 2009.</em></p><p>In celebration, the WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles will host the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet: Fragments of Light"</a> exhibition starting with the opening reception and award presentation on February 28. Co-curated by Binet and Emily...</p> "Building Images" exhibition revives the power of imagery in architecture Justine Testado 2015-01-09T17:51:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T23:32:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="858" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Without a doubt, photography has left a lasting impact in how people experience architectural spaces, and that influence continues to grow more widespread in these digital times. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sto Werkstatt</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arcaid Images</a> collaborated to produce the upcoming "Building Images" exhibition as a critical exploration of photography and its ability to convey architectural elements and concepts.</p><p>The exhibition organizers also hope "Building Images" will renew the conversation on the power of photography as a visual communication tool within the architectural and design industry as well as spark broader debate on the use of imagery in the digital era.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Opening on January 16 at Sto Werkstatt in Clerkenwell, London, the public exhibition rounds up well-composed works of 14 talented architectural photographers who competed in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">most recent Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards</a>. The photographs show that even familiar buildings can't have too many snapshots, including Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Ce...</p>